Q&A // The Caulfield Beats

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on 09 July 2015 in Features

The Caulfield Beats are that rare blend of four-to-the-floor dance excitement and DIY garage band principle. They make music to dance to, music for a Friday night and neon lights, but the band's personality and hard-working ethos pulsates through every minute of it.

With their Mexican Smoke EP released a few short months ago, the duo are shaping up to be one of the must see acts of the summer.

And with that in mind, we flung a few questions at Lawrence and Molly. Read on to learn about their affinity with puppets, longing for the days before farming and hands-on approach to dealing with potential Twitter feuds.

First and foremost - who are you, where you from and what do you do?

We're a two piece electronic outfit comprised of Lawrence Northall and Molly Dixon. We're originally from East Anglia but have been based now for a long time in London. We have a DIY approach to music, which we've been calling 'garage electronics' because it resembles the way a garage band might work, but with electronics instead of what you might typically expect.

In the most imaginatively descriptive way possible, could you sum your sound up for the readers?

In some ways it's an unanswerable question, if it was that easy then there would be no purpose to the music. We can only suggest they give it a listen.

There's a fantastic blend of various musical tendencies in your music - what acts would you pick out as your biggest influences, what's had the strongest impact on you musically?

It's difficult to pin influences on any particular acts as being the biggest and there isn't even one music form that has had a strongest impact on us. Blues, punk, garage rock and minimal/techno all tend to stick to simple repetitive harmonic structures and find within that limitation a direct way of expressing themselves which they might not have otherwise. It's as if the limitation is transcended by itself. We're influenced by that use of form and directness throughout music and culture.

 

If you could be part of any musical era other than the current one, what would it be?

Mesolithic, or at least pre-farming.

Who would you most like to be compared to?

Sooty and Sweep.

What do reckon the current music scene could do with less of at the moment?

Image and non-musicians.

We, apparently, live in the age of internet feuds. Who would you like to have a pop at over Twitter if you weren't the lovely easy going folks you are?

We're not as easy going as we look, we'd probably get geolocation on their IP address to establish their whereabouts and use violence rather than twitter though.

If you weren't making music, what would you be dedicating your lives to?

Not sure, probably something just as financially nonviable.

 

If you could put on a gig anyway, in an existing venue or otherwise, where would you pick?

We're really not that fussy, it would be nice to be outdoors though, woodland has amazing acoustics.

And finally, other than your own career paths, what's got you excited in 2015? What's got you feeling a bit worried?

The exciting thing is that we're coming to a stage where the contradictions of our way of life and its fundamental shortcomings are increasingly exposed. As this happens people are becoming more conscious of them and it's more acceptable to explore all sorts of alternative possibilities. What's worrying is that as the golden age of Capital for our culture falters, so it finds increasingly ruthless ways to try and sustain itself.

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